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Data Natives 2018

Data is part of our new cultural identity, transforming the way we communicate, learn and interact.

Data Natives is the meeting point for industry experts, entrepreneurs, tech and business professionals to inspire each other and disrupt the status quo.

Last year we brought together 1295 attendees, 70+ speakers, 20+ media partners, 30+ startups, and 20 partners. We raised the bar with cutting edge technology from innovators, influencers and industry leaders as well as the best of Berlin’s tech scene, from rising and promising European startups.

 

The third edition of Data Natives will welcome over 2,000 attendees and more than 110 speakers across the spectrum of the most exciting of technology today. Be a part of the most inspiring conference for the data-driven generation.

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MY-GATEWAY project wants 22 CEE and Western Balkan startups to attend Startup Europe Summit!

In total twenty-two startups, twelve from Central and Eastern Europe and ten from the Western Balkans, will be selected to attend this year’s edition of ‘The European Startup Event’. A committee comprised of leading startup support organizations from the CEE and Western Balkan countries will select the startups through specific criteria.

Selected startups will be given the possibility to meet high-profile people such as Prime Ministers and European Commission policymakers to discuss European entrepreneurship and new opportunities. The one-day Summit will be filled with workshops on how to access venture capital, business angel funding, EU funding and panel talks on how to scale-up. Travel and accommodation expenses of one representative per selected startup selected will be reimbursed by the European Commission.

Take a look at the Summit’s agenda here.

Would you like to apply? Click here.

‘We need to create programs and policies to connect ecosystems, founders and startups at European level.’

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and also key-note speaker at the Summit, said at her speech on Masters of Digital.

‘This is with a view to accelerate growth, cooperation and diversity.’

In order to be considered for the application process and be eventually selected to attend Startup Europe Summit, startups need to have a high growth potential, a prototype or viable business plan and a unique business idea.

 

What is Startup Europe Summit?

Startup Europe Summit is a European Commission event which aims to bring together startup founders and policy makers. More than 400 people will attend this year’s Bulgarian edition to learn about new funding opportunities, meet entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders and benefit from the possibility of closing a business deal.

Check out the agenda here.

 

What is MY-GATEWAY?

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

 

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Innovation Fund awards grant to MY-GATEWAY advisor to promote young ideas!

4th September 2018 – MY-GATEWAY project is very pleased to announce that Seavus Incubator, together with Business-Technological Accelerator “UKIM” DOO Skopje and the Company for Business, Technical Support and Education “ICS Factor” received a total of 1.5 million Euros from the Innovation Fund to establish business accelerators for young people.

Seavus Educational and Development Center is one of MY-GATEWAY’s advisors, prividing counsel on how MY-GATEWAY activities can be adapted to the Balkan region.

The aim of those business accelerators is to provide young, creative people with the tools needed to start and develop specific businesses that will profit and participate in the progress of the Macedonian economy.

After signing the agreement, Vesna Ivanovska, general manager of Seavus Educational and Development Center, one of the three companies that received help to form a business accelerator, said she expects this project to have a big social impact.

“This project will encourage young businesses in Macedonia when they need it the most”

said Vesna.

It is thanks to those initiatives and projects that the efforts made by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to catch up with the European standars of work are undeniable. Young people represent the country’s future and potential to grow. It makes a lot of sense to invest in them.

 

To read the full article in Macedonian, click here.

 

Original article by: Maja Илиевска-Пачемска

 

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Vilnius Blockchain Week: Startup Lighthouse & Soft-Landing gather blockchain startups and ecosystem builders in Lithuania

Vilnius Blockchain Week is over – what a blast! Two Startup Europe projects brought it to life: Soft-Landing and Startup Lighthouse!

The initiative brought around 40 participants to deep-dive into the city’s startup ecosystem with the main focus on understanding what part blockchain plays in it and build connections with blockchain leaders in Lithuania. (more…)

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Smart Agrifood Summit

We must successfully face a new phase for the agrifood sector characterised by demographic changes, digital technology, climate change, poverty and unequal distribution of resources.

Goals

  • Create a meeting point between innovative ideas and funding access.
  • Get to know the latest technologies in the Agrifood value chain presented by rapidly growing startups in the new digital economy.
  • Promote cooperation among institutions in R+D projects.
  • Act as a meeting point for the best European initiatives in the AgTech field.
  • Serve as an industry reference and facilitate communication between professionals in the sector.
  • Promote innovative entrepreneurship in the Agrifood industry by providing developmental and growth opportunities to TBC´s, startups and spin-offs.
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STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA Assembly

ABOUT STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA.–Startup Europe Latin America aims at connecting startups), venture capital funds, angel investors, corporates, and specific ecosystem intermediaries to make EU-LATAM cooperation more effective.

Get your tickets here: Eventbrite

Official presentation to EUROLAT Assembly

European Parliament
March 19th, 2018

16.00 Welcome
Ramón Jauregui, Member of the European Parliament and President of the EUROLAT Assembly

  • 16.15 Opening remarks: Startup Europe: connecting entrepreneurial ecosystems
    Roberto Viola, Director- General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
  • 16.30 Introduction:  Startup Europe Latin America – Building bridges for startups
    Julia Prats, Associate Dean IESE Business School, Startup Europe Latin America

16.40 Learnings from the SELATAM “doers”: Opportunities and barriers to scale across regions

  • Javier Vallaure, CEO of ALLPAGO, Germany
  • Stefano Portu, Founder SHOPFULLY, Italy
  • Caritta Seppa, Founder of  TESPACK, Finland
  • Daniel Waimann, Founder of LOCATION WORLD, Ecuador (tbc)
  • Fernando Lelo de Larrea, Founder and Partner of ALLVP, Mexico
  • Eduardo Amadeo, Founder MOUNTAIN NAZCA PARTNERS, Argentina

17.20 Startup Europe Latin America: Supporting entrepreneurs across-regions

  • Javier Salinas, Director EmprendeUP, Peru
  • Isabelle Chaquiriand, Director Xcala Angels, Uruguay
  • Felipe Chediak, Director BuenTrip Hub, Ecuador
  • Liliana Gallego, Director Creame, Colombia
  • Agustin Moro, Global Head of Business Development and Global Strategic Partnerships
  • Telefonica Open Future, Spain

18.00 Closing remarks

Audience: Members of the European Parliament and European Commission Cabinets and officers and corporates.

 

STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA Assembly

Workshop on EU-LATAM opportunitiesfor collaboration
European Commission, March 20th, 2018

10.00 Welcome remarks

  • Startup Europe and ICT Policy Dialogues, Isidro Laso Head of Startup Europe, DG CNECT

10.20 Private sector development and biregional collaboration for high-growth companies, Marc Litvine, Senior Officer, DG DEVCO
10.35 “Learnings from the SELATAM “doers”: How to bring down barriers”.

  • Panel by Entrepreneurs, investors and corporates in Europe and Latam

11.10Funding instruments for startups and innovation,

  • Ignacio Puente, Policy Officer, DG RTD
  • Research and innovation cooperation with Latin America, Piero Venturi, Policy Officer,
    DG RTD

11.25 Helping startups to grow and scale,

  • Rudy Aernoudt, Member of the Chief Economist
    Team of the European Commission, DG GROW

11.40 Supporting entrepreneurs across-regions

  • Panel by Latin American and European entrepreneurial support entities

12.30 Shared opportunities – Same Challenges,

  • Adrián Magendzo, Pacific Alliance Innovation Agenda Leader, Senior Specialist, Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division,
    Inter-American Development Bank

 

12.45 Closing

Panelists:

  • Javier Vallaure, COO of ALLPAGO, Germany
  • Stefano Portu, Founder SHOPFULLY, Italy
  • Caritta Seppa, Founder of TESPACK, Finland
  • Daniel Waimann, Founder of LOCATION WORLD, Ecuador (tbc)
  • Fernando Lelo de Larrea, Founder and Partner of ALLVP, Mexico
  • Eduardo Amadeo, Founder MOUNTAIN NAZCA PARTNERS, Argentina
  • Javier Salinas, Director EMPRENDEUP, Peru
  • Isabelle Chaquiriand, Director XCALA ANGELS, Uruguay
  • Felipe Chediak, Director BUENTRIP HUB, Ecuador
  • Liliana Gallego, Director CREAME, Colombia
  • Agustin Moro, Wayra, Global Head of Business Development and Global Strategic
    Partnerships Telefonica Open Future, Spain

Audience: corporates active on entrepreneurship / open innovation / collaboration with startups in Latam, Commission officials from different DGs, entrepreneurs.

 

Get your tickets here: Eventbrite

ABOUT STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA.

Startup Europe Latin America aims at connecting startups), venture capital funds, angel investors, corporates, and specific ecosystem intermediaries to make EU-LATAM cooperation more effective.

 

 

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Startup Olé Accelerator hosts SEC2U

Entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as a valuable career choice for recent graduates. Developing your entrepreneurial competencies is now seen as crucial, not only for starting your own business, but for contributing to the success of small companies. Even large corporations are beginning to see the value in entrepreneurial skills for their employees.

There still exists a struggle for students to obtain entrepreneurship skills and experience, with commercialization and knowledge transfer often overlooked. For this reason, we welcome Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U)!

SEC2U is an initiative endorsed by the European Commission(Startup Europe) to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within universities across Europe. This consists of a series of events that bring together students, university staff,entrepreneurs, businessmen and representatives of local governments in order to showcase the available support andform valuable connections in the startup ecosystem. The second edition of SEC2U will take place from the 23rdto the 29thof October and the University of Salamanca/Startup Olé Acceleratorwill be joining the initiative!

During the event that will take place in the Narodowy Stadium, Warsaw as part of the CEE Acceleration Summit on the 26thof October, where Universities will come together with Accelerators, Corporations and Policy Makers to bring up the startup ecosystem in Europe

Startup Olé Accelerator of the University of Salamanca will be supported by other universities across Europe, taking steps towards the internationalization of the CEE region together with over 30 prestigious universities in the SEC2U initiative.

With approximately 3000 people expected in attendance, this is a time to showcase the work of universities in the entrepreneurship area, build bridges between university communities and startup ecosystems and facilitate connections!

Take the right step towards your future and don´t miss out on this opportunity. Find out more about SEC2U and the events near you: http://startupeuropeuniversities.eu/

See you there!

 

About Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U)

Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U) is a Europe wide initiative to engage universities (from the Startup Europe University Network and beyond) and enable them to spread an entrepreneurial culture. SEC2U will hold events across Europe during the week of 23rd to 29th of October 2017.

The main objective of the SEC2U events is to showcase the commitment of European universities for entrepreneurship and to connect universities to the wider startup ecosystem.

 

The Startup Europe team works with entrepreneurs connecting them with the European ecosystem where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. We believe Europe’s growth is going to be determined by savvy startups, and we want to support the growth of these startups.

http://www.startupeuropeclub.eu | @startupEU

 

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Why Berlin’s Silicon Allee is Europe’s new Silicon Valley [infographic]

As the UK prepares to “brexit,” Berlin’s Silicon Allee is poised to take its place as the EU’s new Silicon Valley. Various entrepreneurs think Berlin will take London’s place as the EU’s capital for business after the departure. In fact, Inc. reports results from a recent Inc. 5000 survey that indicate 26 percent of EU entrepreneurs believe Berlin will emerge as the EU’s new business center. Others surveyed think Frankfurt will take the crown—but only two respondents said London will remain on top.

As Arne Schepker, CMO of online language learning system Babbel explains: “Berlin is here to stay. In Europe, only London can compete right now and the impending Brexit is not going to make the UK any more attractive. I personally think Berlin needs more breakthrough showcases like Zalando to build confidence globally and raise valuations.”

There are several favorable conditions that give Berlin an edge in this race. The city boasts a low cost of living compared to tech competitors like London, San Francisco and New York City. There is also a steady stream of skilled labor in Berlin, not to mention easy access to the rest of the EU.

Furthermore, there is already an American tech presence in Berlin. Several big companies like Airbnb and Facebook already have offices there, and incubator programs are readily fostering German startups such as EyeEm and N26 in Berlin. In fact, according to Ernst & Young, Berlin is now home to around 2,500 active startups, which have attracted about $2.7 billion* in venture capital in total. This means Berlin is attracting more money than startups anywhere else in the EU—but not nearly as much as Silicon Valley.

So, what’s the downside? Entrepreneurs still face barriers to entry in Berlin that don’t exist in Silicon Valley or London. Although it is growing fast, Berlin’s talent pool is significantly smaller than London’s. (This may be changing even more rapidly as Brexit causes a talent drain in the UK.) This problem is heightened by the lack of an alumni network that is dependent on a minimum volume in exits. To get to a better place in this regard, entrepreneurs in Berlin will need to either sell their startups or take them public, triggering more local investment.

All things considered, though, Berlin’s Silicon Allee is EU’s new Silicon Valley. This is especially true since the cost of living is pricing out many tech companies as it prices out their workers. We crunched the data to show you how and why that’s going to happen—and why more and more startups, originating in both the EU and the US, are going to be sprouting in Berlin.

You can read the full article at 99 designs.

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The debut of ‘Startup Europe China Network’ at Startup Ole

The third edition of Startup Olé on 26-27 April of this year was a major success. More than 400 startups, 200 international speakers, as well as a variety of corporates, investors, accelerators, universities and media from across Europe came together for two days in Salamanca to exchange ideas and brainstorm on entrepreneurship. Startup Olé was created in 2015 to provide a unique networking and pitching opportunity for the key players and their projects in the European tech startup ecosystem.

Oneof the main new initiatives presented this year was‘Startup Europe China Network’, which will link the European startup community with one of the EU key strategic partners: China. The initiative was discussed by enthusiast participants to Startup Olé during a dedicated workshop organised by the Brussels-based digital business association ChinaEU on 26th April.

More than 20 startups, investors, corporates, incubators and accelerators from all over Europe intervened in the workshop, which was moderated by Isidro Laso, Head of Startup Europe at DG Connect of the European Commission.

In the lively discussion, consensus wasreached that building partnerships with China is a highly-needed exercise, since China can offer a great deal of opportunities for European startups to scale-up their businesses. This is not only on the ground of a highly dynamic market with many active investors, corporates, angel ventures, but also given the fact that China is becoming a world leader in innovation that can offer European companies inspiring models to learn from and upgrade themselves. However, such partnership requires special considerations, in order to avoid one-way acquisitions of startups by Chinese partners.

The importance of establishing a balanced two-way relationship was also the message of ChinaEU Director Claudia Vernotti in the preceding panel discussion ‘Partnering with Europe: Beyond the EU’, which provided an exchange of experiences among different international partnerships activated between Europe and the Silicon ValleyIndia, Africa, Lebanon and Eastern Europe. ‘Startup Europe China Network’ will make use of the good practices developed under these partnerships.

Thanks to the precious support of over a dozen European players who wish to drive together this new China adventure, I have no doubts that ‘Startup Europe China Network’ can make an impactful contribution in supporting European startups to scale up everywhere in the world” said Claudia.

‘Startup Europe China Network’ will be an open platform to create long-lasting connections between European and Chinese entrepreneurs, corporates and investors, with the aim of creating a channel for innovation exchange, investment and high-tech cooperation between Europe and China.

‘Startup Europe China Network’ is now seeking to consolidate its community by getting further stakeholders to join the enthusiast initiators. To enquire about the network, please do not hesitate to contact claudia.vernotti@chinaeu.eu.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to connect with the ever-growing dynamic Chinese innovation ecosystem!

 

 

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BECOME A LOCAL ORGANIZER OF THE SEN SOIRÉE

 

The Startup Europe initiative is coordinating a large series of SEN SOIRÉES EXPO GALLERIES throughout Europe every season, via local-organizer short meetups that will bring together startup ecosystem, professional organizations & investors.

We are looking for Local Co-Organizers to organize a 2-hour, free event in their city, and introduce the new showcase where 28 local startups abroad Europe exposed  through an artistic photo to reach direct connection with investors and local innovators at the EU level, through the Startup Europe initiative, and at the local level, via the local structure.

You can find more details about this call for action at the Startup Europe Club and Startup Europe News website.

 

A typical meetup within SEN SOIRÉE will be:

We are selecting the best startups in different European regions to be presented around the world In Artistic Photography.

A contemporary Art Innovative Networking that focuses on showcasing entrepreneurs and emerging artists from Europe. Photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist and the startup idea description from our 17 categories.

  • Focused on the regional/local level: Connecting entrepreneurs with projects and startups from the European regions ecosystem.
  • Based on a hands-on approach: the format and the 28 Artistic Photographs should be accessible as possible;
  • A great occasion to network and find innovative and advanced solutions from entrepreneurs around Europe.
  • Participants should be at least 20-30, including a high number of entrepreneurs and a some local authorities.

One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is attending SEN SOIRÉES EXPO GALERIE.

The first 28 participants can take home one of the pictures exposed in the art gallery.

 

If you want to become the SEN SOIRÉE co-organizer of your city, please apply at the official web site: http://startupeuropenews.com

 

Do also follow us on Facebook!

 

We hope to welcome you aboard this exciting initiative and please contact us for any further information.

 

The SEN SOIRÉES Team

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